THE LIFE AND CHESS OF PAUL MORPHY                                                                                                                             Alonzo Morphy/Telcide Le Carpentier Marriage Agreement




                              MARRIAGE CONTRACT
             A. M. MORPHY AND L. T. F. T. LE CARPENTIER.

Appeared before Joseph Arnaud, Notary Public at New Orleans, in the State of Louisiana, in the presence of witnesses of legal age herein after named and whose signatures are affixed:

Mr. Alonzo Michael Morphy, of legal age, living in this city, born at Charleston, legitimate son of the late Mr. Diego Morphy and the late Lady Louise Peire, on the one part.
And the Damsel Louise Thérèse Felicité Thelcide Le Carpentier, of legal age, living in this city, where she was born, legitimate daughter of Mr. Joseph Esaü Le Carpentier and Lady Modeste Blache, on the second part.

The aforesaid Mr. Morphy and Mile Le Carpentier, accompanied by the father and mother of the bride and their relatives and friends here assembled, have promised and by these presents solemnly sworn to unite themselves in lawful marriage, at the first request of either one, in conformity with the laws of this State and the rites of the Catholic Church, following the religion which they profess; and in view of this marriage have settled and engaged upon the following matrimonial covenants:

There shall be between the future spouses, from the day of the said marriage, partnership in or community of ownership of assets and of profits, compounded, administered and liquidated in conformity with the laws of this State.

The property of the bridegroom consists of the following:

1. A sum of ten thousand piasters, several represented by endorsed notes, and almost all carrying mortgages, which are in the hands of Mr. Louis Pelié in this city, and of which Mr. Le Carpentier, in behalf of his daughter, the bride, has informed himself, as he so declares.

2. A plot of land with the framework of a building, in the Faubourg Marigny, facing Crayes Street, measuring forty-six feet in width and one hundred and twenty feet in depth, estimated to be worth two thousand piasters.

3. A plot of land in this city, facing St. Peter Street, measuring thirty-five feet in width and ninety feet in depth, between Burgundy Street and the Ramparts, estimated to be worth six hundred piasters.

4. Sundry slaves, to wit:

Louison, mulatress, a laundress, forty-five years old and valued at five hundred plasters.
Hyacinthe, mulatto, a workman, twenty-four years old, eight hundred piasters.
Honoré, grill, fourteen years old, five hundred plasters.
Beckey, American Negress, sixteen years old, four hundred piasters.
Jacques, American Negro, nineteen years old, six hundred plasters.
Friday, Negro carter, fifty years old, four hundred piasters.

Total: Fifteen thousand eight hundred plasters.


The property of the bride consists of the sum of four thousand piasters which the bridegroom acknowledges and declares to have received from the aforesaid Mr. Le Carpentier, father of the bride, in the presence of these witnesses, to his satisfaction, from which sum of four thousand piasters thus received as a dowry, the said bridegroom is obligated to make rightful restitution to anyone thereto entitled. Upon dissolution of community property, the bride or her representatives, having cause, shall be entitled to appeal, and in such case to exercise all the rights of recovery provided by law.

Thus it has been agreed in good faith between the two parties. Said agreement acted upon and entered into at New Orleans at the residence of Mr. Le Carpentier, father of the bride, the twentieth of February, eighteen hundred and twenty-nine, fifty-third year of the independence of the United States of America, in the presence of M. Auguste St. Martin and M. Louis H. Féraud, requisite witnesses domiciled in this city, who have signed with the prospective husband and wife, the father and mother of the bride and their relatives and friends here present, after having read the same.



























400.            3,200.





(Signed)    A. Morphy                       Thelcide Le Carpentier

               Ernest Morphy                  J. Le Carpentier

               Aug. St. Martin                  Blache Le Carpentier

                                                       Blache Tournier

               Emma Morphy                  Liia Morphy

               L. H. Féraud                      Amélie Le Carpentier

               P. St. Martin                      Amenaide Le Carpentier

                                                       H. D. Peire

                                               Jh. Arnaud, Not. Pub.

(Translation of the original French document on file in the Office of Custodian of Notarial Records, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana.)

According to Le Courrier de la Louisiane, the Louisiana Advertiser and the marriage records of St. Louis Cathedral, the marriage of Alonzo Morphy and Thelcide Le Carpentier took place in the cathedral the following day by special license of the Honorable Justice of the Peace, J. Petot, one bann having been published and the other two dispensed. The marriage ceremony was performed by the Reverend Abbé Moni, Curé of St. Louis Cathedral.





The above document (as well as the ensuing text) was appropriated from Frances Parkinson Keyes' book, The Chess Players, where it was reproduced using text (not a photograph) and reproduced here to closely approximate that text from the book.